Last modified on 7 December 2014, at 14:29



(index va)


From Proto-Finnic *varci. Cognate with Estonian vars.


  • IPA(key): /ˈʋɑrsi/
  • Hyphenation: var‧si



  1. The stalk of a plant.
  2. The handle of many tools. In order to be called varsi, the handle needs to be longish in shape. An axe and a hammer have varsi, but a knife has kahva.
  3. An arm in the sense of any structure that resembles a human arm.
  4. The part of a boot or a sock which covers the leg or part of it.
  5. A stem of a tobacco pipe, or a musical note.
  6. (technology) Usually compounded with a defining beginning, a rod
  7. As the last part of a compound word, refers to some parts of a human body (see related terms below).
  8. (rare) The human body when discussed from a structural point of view, the figure.
  9. As the last part of a compound word, refers to an area considered to be close to a waterway or a traffic route, a side.
    tien varsi, tienvarsi, joen varsi, jokivarsi, joenvarsi etc.
  10. In cases referring to location, used like a postposition to refer to passing of time or a journey, along, during or in the course of; see: varressa, varresta, varteen, varrella, varrelta, varrelle.
    matkan varrella = along the road
    pitkän elämäni varrella = during my long life
    vuosien varrella = in the course of many years
  11. As the first part of a compound word, indicates that the object is equipped with a stalk, an arm or similar.
    varsieväinen, varsijousi, varsiluuta



Derived termsEdit


human body

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